Maverick’s Aging Star Dirk Nowitzki Willing to Come off the Bench
Dirk Nowitzki is ramping things up as he is set to enter his 21st season in the NBA.
As he ages, his skills on the court continue to decline and of course, father time is very quickly approaching. That being said, Nowitzki is willing to come off the bench if it means helping out the only franchise he has ever played for. Since the Dallas Mavericks signed DeAndre Jordan over the offseason, a second unit role may be very possible for the 13-time NBA All Star.
“Obviously, the last couple years, I’ve played more at the [center position],” Nowitzki said. “Jokingly, I told DeAndre that, the way the foot is healing, you’re going to have to fight for your starting spot. I texted him that two, three weeks ago. He was just laughing.
“I’m not sure what that meant.”
Constantly willing to do whatever it takes to help the Mavericks franchise, this is just another example of what type of leader Nowitzki has been as the face of the organization for nearly two decades.
“Obviously, DeAndre’s going to be our starter at the five position and the rest will just kind of fall in place after that,” Nowitzki said. “If [Barnes] goes back to the four or we start other ways, I have no idea as of yet. But it’s a great problem to have. We want to be a franchise that is back in the playoffs and plays well and has fun again.”